Nelson Hayward
6th Mayor of Cleveland
In office
Personal details
Born1810 (1810)
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
DiedApril 14, 1857(1857-04-14) (aged 46–47)
Political partyDemocratic

Nelson Hayward (1810 – April 14, 1857) was the sixth Mayor of Cleveland, Ohio. He served only one term, in 1843.

Hayward was born in Braintree, Massachusetts to William and Marjory (Thayer) Hayward. He was educated in Massachusetts and came to Cleveland with his two brothers, Joseph and John, in 1825. In 1840, Hayward became the assistant chief of the Old Volunteer Fire Department. He was elected alderman in 1841 and 1842 and served as the vice-president of the city's Temperance Society in 1842. He was elected as mayor in 1843 because of his Jacksonian Democrat political philosophy. Hayward was not re-elected because the city's political views shifted to partisan Whig and Republican. In 1844 he became a members of the Cleveland Lodge of Odd Fellows. Hayward was never married.


Political offices Preceded byJoshua Mills Mayor of Cleveland1843 Succeeded bySamuel Starkweather